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Jon Miedema

 Miedema

In less than two years, Jon Miedema has obviously made his mark on the Augustana men’s and women’s tennis programs. After the fall of 2012, he has two seasons under his belt with the women and one with the men and all have been successful.

In his first complete year (2011-12) he led the women to a 15-11 overall record and a fourth place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. The men were 16-11 in 2011-12 and also finished fourth in the CCIW. During the fall of 2012-13 the Augustana women went 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the CCIW and took second in the conference tournament.

The Vikings crowned a pair of league champions in the fall of 2012 as Kim Sawyer won the title at number one singles and Krista Panko did the same at number three. Prior to Sawyer and Panko winning individual championships, Augustana had not had a winner since 1999. In addition, Sawyer was named the “Player of the Year” and Panko was the CCIW’s “Tournament MVP”.

Miedema stepped into the role as the head coach for men’s and women’s tennis at Augustana in June of 2011. He replaced Adam Strand, who resigned in May to become the head coach in both sports at Luther, his alma mater. Miedema, the 13 th coach in Viking history for the women and the 20 th on the men’s side of the ledger, enjoyed success with both programs in his first season.

His overall record heading into the 2012-13 spring portion of the schedule is 23-14 for the women and 16-11 with the men.

Miedema came to the Vikings after spending one season (2010-11) as the head men’s tennis coach at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. However, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the game. He served as the assistant coach for the women’s team at Calvin College, his alma mater, during the spring of 2011. He helped lead the Knights to a 19-4 overall record and a second round advancement in the NCAA Division III Championships.

Miedema served as a tennis instructor for three years at the Michigan Athletic Club, noted as one of the top clubs in the Midwest. He also worked as an instructor at the Centennial Country Club in Grand Rapids from 2004 through 2006.

A 2005 graduate of Calvin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and communications, Miedema worked as a health insurance agent for Kessler and Associates from 2007 until he took the Augustana position. He was also a loan officer for Brickwood Mortgage from 2005 through 2007.

As a player at Calvin he served as team captain during his senior season of 2005. He was a first team all-conference selection in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

 

Overall Women

CCIW Women

CCIW

Overall Men

CCIW Men

CCIW

YEAR

W

L

W

L

 

W

L

W

L

 

2011-12

15

11

2

3

4 th

16

11

2

3

4 th

2012-13

8

3

5

1

2 nd

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

23

14

7

4

 

16

11

2

3

 

  

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER MIEDEMA

WOMEN

2012-13: Kim Sawyer – 1 st; Krista Panko – 2 nd and Emily Kaczmarek – 2 nd

2011-12: Kim Sawyer – 1 st and Brittany Reece – 2nd

MEN

2011-12: Adam DeSimone – 1 st and Lawrence Palmer – 2nd